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Oklahoma City's Christian Volesky tries to get past Joseph Farrell of Phoenix during a USL soccer game at Taft Stadium on May 9. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Christian Volesky tries to get past Joseph Farrell of Phoenix during a USL soccer game at Taft Stadium on May 9. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman]

Steve Cooke knows his team is garnering momentum at the right time.

The Energy FC coach applauded his team's recent performance after a difficult week. The Greens are coming off a stretch where they played three games in seven days, picking up two wins against Portland Timbers 2 and Rio Grande Valley FC.

Cooke is hoping his team can continue playing well Saturday, as Energy FC faces off against LA Galaxy II at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Taft Stadium.

“(Our momentum) is really important,” Cooke said. “Any team that is playing well and getting rewarded for playing well is going to feel confident and going to feel free. It's important to continue to take it with us.”

Energy FC (4-10-1) is preparing for the second match during a stretch where it plays six of its next eight contests at home. The friendly fans are something Cooke is looking forward to playing in front of.

“The home crowd is awesome,” Cooke said. “It's nice to be able to train at home and watch, practice and prepare. It's nice to wake up in your own bed on Sunday morning. The travel can be a bit of a whirlwind. Being at home is nice.”

LA Galaxy II (3-7-4) and Energy FC each have 13 points in the United Soccer League standings, but the Greens' opponent on Saturday have yet to win a match away from home. Cooke said LA Galaxy II is a better team than its record shows, knowing it has the capability to score a flurry of goals. LA Galaxy II netted seven goals on May 26 against the Las Vegas Lights.

Although LA Galaxy II has plenty of young, tough players, Cooke said his team will have to focus with whoever trots onto the pitch.

“You're always wondering with LA Galaxy II who is going to play,” Cooke said. “With their first team being off, I expect there to be some significant first-team members in Oklahoma City. They're one of the most talented teams in the league. We have to be ready.”

LA Galaxy II at Energy FC

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Taft Stadium

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